Lukas James Thomas; born June 25, 2001 at exactly 10am, after just 30 minutes of labour.
A quiet achiever
Luey Blue is our little star. You can always find him in a crowd - he's right there in the middle! People are simply drawn to him. He loves a good joke, a funny story, a lark! At the same time, he has a dark and serious side to him. He takes justice VERY seriously, both for himself and for others. He reads voraciously. He has a sense of dedication and responsibility beyond his years, and never seeks adulation for his personal achievements. On the other hand, he's a born performer and entertainer and loves an audience to play to, to delight and make laugh! He is our enigma, both fierce and delicate, funny and serious, the performer AND the behind the scene man!
A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …
Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.
Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.
This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...
At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …
I used to think I did, but having met several people who really do have low self-esteem, I've now come to realise I actually have low confidence (and note I don't say low self-confidence, but more on that later), and that is a different breed of animal all together.
I was having a chat with a friend the other day about people who constantly put themselves down. If you are a participant in social media you might be aware of this kind of person. Everyone is smarter than them, prettier than them, more motivated, better organised, or has greater talent than them. It goes further, some of these people are not at all opposed to running themselves down to others with comments like, 'I'm so fat' (and not in a proud, fat acceptance way, but in a negative, self-loathing kind of way), or 'I'm stupid' or 'I'm ugly'.
Some people are just fishing for compliments, of course, but the ones who persist; the ones who simply cannot take a complimen…